Peace Talks 12: Kenya: Water, power, people and peace

Water is critical for peace. It sustains communities and their livelihoods. Its scarcity can lead to tensions and even violence. In countries such as Kenya, competition over water and land has fuelled conflict, exacerbated by poverty, ethnic grievances, poor governance and climate change.

Everybody has the right to water. But as demand grows and supply decreases, how do we manage water in a fair, sustainable and peaceful way? In this Peace Talks, a panel of experts discuss these issues and identify possible ways forward.

The discussion was held as part of our 'Peace blooms' photo exhibition and pop-up flower shop at Hoxton Gallery (10-15 February 2015), and the launch of Peace Audit: Kenya. Join the conversation by following @intalert and using #PeaceBlooms.


  • Sir Edward Clay, former British High Commissioner in Kenya

  • Moses Onyango, Lecturer at US International University in Nairobi; Fellow at the African Leadership Centre

  • Dan Smith, Secretary General, International Alert

  • Martin Plaut (Chair), Journalist specialising in Africa; Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Followed by drinks and food provided by Masterchef's Emily Amuke.